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Dec 18, 2012 6:30pm EST
. >>> and all of us in journalism is happy to report that richard engel is free and safe. he was held captive five days in syr syria. as they wrestle for power, i want to bring in abc's foreign affairs correspondent martha radda raddatz. >> reporter: they ambush bid a dozen heavily armed men. one of the rebels they were with was exkutd on the spot in front of them. they were blindfolded, hands down and threatened with death. he talked about it after he was freed this morning. >> they made us choose who would be shot first. they pretended to shoot gazi several times. >> reporter: gazi is one of the crew. they escaped at a check point after a fire fight where two of the kidnappers were killed. is still an american freelance journalist who is still hostage in syria. is this a reminder how out of control things are in syria. a conflict, as you know that has already clamd more than 40,000 lives. >> so many dangerous journeys into syria by reporters. and we think of all those who live there and who have suffered so much. thank you, martha, reporting in. we did celebrate the news of richard engel to
Dec 18, 2012 7:00am EST
for them again. >>> first, breaking news overnight. nbc's chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, held captive in syria since thursday, has been freed in a firefight. martha raddatz has details from washington. what a dramatic escape. >> reporter: it certainly is. richard is a very experienced foreign correspondent. and he had been inside syria before. he and his crew were grabbed after crossing into northwest syria last thursday. there had been no communication with them, no contact, no ransom demands. they were thrown in the back of a truck, bound and blindfolded, although, not physically harmed. then, yesterday, the captors were moving them to a new location, they were stopped at a rebel checkpoint. there was a confrontation. and then, the firefight broke out. in that firefight, two of the captors were killed and several others escaped. but richard and his crew were rescued. the syrian rebels then drove him to the border to safety. all are in good health, fortunately. george? >> thank goodness for that. what do we know about the group that took them hostage? >> we know very little a
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